On Sunday, May 18th at 7PM, Sourland Conversancy is premiering their new film, “The Sourlands – A New Jersey Treasure” at the Off-Broad Street Theatre in Hopewell Borough.

Sourlands_FilmThe 25-minute film introduces viewers to the Sourlands, the largest contiguous forrest between New York City and Philadelphia, and hopes inspire a passion for protecting this natural place for current and future generations. Even for those already passionate about the Sourlands, the film will highlight why the Sourlands are so worthy of protection. Local naturalists, birders, farmers, land conservationists, and political figures (namely Congressman Rush Holt) participated in the documentary.

The film project officially started about a year ago although the concept has been incubating for a few years with the goal “to create something beautiful that would inspire people to want to take action to protect the Sourland region,” said Caroline Katmann, Executive Director.

Many dedicated hands have played a role in the making of this documentary. It was produced by the Sourland Conservancy and directed by a film committee consisting of: two Sourland Conservancy Trustees, Michael Heffler and Cliff Wilson; the Executive Director, Caroline Katmann; and one volunteer, Carol Heffler. Joe Kyle and Matt Urquhart, of Empty Bucket Studios formerly in Lambertville NJ, filmed while the production was periodically reviewed and edited by members of the Sourland Conservancy’s Board of Trustees.

The plan for the film, beyond this weekend’s showing, is to use it for educational and inspirational purposes in wide variety of venues, from the Music Festival on July 19th at the Hillsborough Country Club to meetings of municipal boards and commissions, schools, and libraries.

And the premiere is more than viewing the documentary. It will include dessert, coffee and tea. The film viewing will be followed with a panel discussion and “Q&A” on the Sourlands plus a live musical performance of original music composed for the documentary by the award-winning musician, Carol Heffler.

The amazing array of Q&A panelists include: Cliff Wilson, President of Sourland Conservancy; Michael Heffler, Trustee of Sourland Conservancy; Hannah Suthers. birder; Tyler Christensen, naturalist; Jim Amon, naturalist; and Jon McConaughy of Double Brook Farm, farmer and business man.

What can you ask at the Q&A? Katmann shared with MercerMe, “We hope that they will ask what they can do to help Save the Sourlands! We hope that they also ask how they can support our organization, which is the only organization dedicated solely to the protection of the Sourland Mountain region.”

To purchase tickets online click here.

Can’t make Sunday’s showing? Maybe a friend can pick you up the DVD of the film for sale at the premiere for $10. The Sourland Conservancy will be planning and announcing subsequent showings so check out their website



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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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